Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I have had small companies before (photography and building) learning the lessons of self management that any sole trader has to understand.
Since January 2014 I have been pioneering the use of bio materials in the construction industry and during early 2014 explored funding and support opportunities to support th e development of Breathaboard. Since winning a place on the Climate KiC Accelerator in October 2014 I have been very fortunate to have received a lot of training from the Climate KiC ecosystem. The awards that we have be recognised with have provided extra mentoring and training opportunities for our company and personal growth.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We have a Senior Advisor in Nick Pennell (see team answer) and he provides the company (and Tom) with 2 days a month of support in navigating our way through the challenges of starting a company and ensuring the commercial and financial sustainability of the venture. He also provides personal support to me in my position as founder/MD. We also have a mentor working with us on the validation of the business case and the long-term strategy as well as regular training sessions in all areas of business from Climate KiC. this has been a critical part of our success so far.
In addition, we have occasional support from our pre-investment Accelerator from Centrica Ignite to ensure that we are investment ready by mid 2016.